Report: 22-year-old is seriously excited by idea of working with Thomas Tuchel, as Chelsea push to sign him

Reports suggest Matthijs de Ligt is intrigued by the idea of working with Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea next season.

According to the Daily Mail, the Dutchman is choosing between the Blues and German champions Bayern Munich, with him expected to leave Juventus this summer.

The 22-year-old’s time in Italy appears to be coming to an end, after his request to leave following a dispute over a new contract.

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This sparked Chelsea’s interest, with Thomas Tuchel reportedly making the Netherlands international his priority for a centre-back signing.

Despite this, Bayern have declared their interest in a deal, with it previously being claimed the club may struggle to financially compete with the London side for a deal.

However, the Daily Mail have claimed today that the Bundesliga side believe they have convinced De Ligt to join them, despite the player’s ambition to work under Tuchel.

De Ligt excited by Tuchel

With the 22-year-old’s vast experience despite his young age makes him the perfect figure to build a defence around for the next decade, while also being the perfect leader to take over when Thiago Silva leaves.

The Blues’ interest in a centre-back has hardly been hidden this summer, with the efforts to replace Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and potentially Cesar Azpilicueta reaching levels of desperation as the club prepare for their US tour this weekend.

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Nathan Ake is a name who has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, which would setup a reunion with the club he left in 2017. In recent days, talks have accelerated between Chelsea and Manchester City, with a deal expected to go through.

With his ability to play on the left of defence obvious from his time under Pep Guardiola, he could end up being the perfect replacement for Rudiger, with the German enjoying a dominant campaign in that position last season.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.